25 Positive Affirmations for Work

One of the best ways to feel positive is to focus your energy on affirmations rather than complaints. It is easy to vent about the annoying blah blah blah at work. But it doesn’t make you happier or more relaxed. It turns from a momentary release into a stubborn, dwelling, sinking feeling. You end up spending a load of time discussing and analyzing negative experiences, which … Continue reading 25 Positive Affirmations for Work

30+ Tips on Traveling Alone and Enjoying Solo Adventures

This summer I was with a close friend. Don’t get me wrong, friends are good things. But I realized about halfway through the trip that this particular friend wasn’t adding anything to the experience. In fact I felt more like a babysitter than partner in crime or fellow adventurer. So I promised myself to sing the praises of traveling solo when I got home. If … Continue reading 30+ Tips on Traveling Alone and Enjoying Solo Adventures

How to Say Thank You in a Meaningful Way

“Thankfulness consists of deeds.” Dr. Mustafa Mahmud There are three manifestations of thankfulness. First, it is a feeling or mental realization. You recognize that something has been provided for them that has made their life a little better. It could be something you earned, like a good report from a teacher, or it could be a random act of kindness, like someone paying for your meal in the drive-thru … Continue reading How to Say Thank You in a Meaningful Way

10 Steps: How to Prioritize as You Plan a Trip

I’d like to share the most basic travel planning advice I’ve got: prioritize. Sure it sounds simple, but when we get excited for adventure and have the good ol’ internet at our fingertips, we can easily spiral out of control. I am guilty of the following: looking up Trip A that I am thinking about, getting sidetracked by Trip B on my mind, then wondering … Continue reading 10 Steps: How to Prioritize as You Plan a Trip

Grounding Inca Tradition that is as Pura Vida as It Gets

Last year, I went to Peru alone. Here’s the back story: Machu Picchu is an obvious lure, and when I was in my young twenties I talked about going there all the time. When I met my best friend (see ‘about’) she had just been there. Lucky jerk! She raved about it and added that the Peruvians she had met were wonderful, warm people. So of course … Continue reading Grounding Inca Tradition that is as Pura Vida as It Gets